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Draft Analyst's Tony Pauline notes that while UNLV S Troy Hawthorne was deemed undraftable by scouts prior to the season, he "stands out on film."

"Hawthorne looks like a missile the way he streaks to the plays and lays it on the line defending the run," Pauline wrote. "He’s a little one-dimensional as a downhill, run-defending safety, but if he does well on special teams Hawthorne will have a chance at a roster spot." The 6-foot-3, 215-pound Hawthorne, a converted quarterback, went from practice team player to one of the Rebels’ best defenders after the shift.
Mar 21 - 1:21 PM

UNLV DE Jeremiah Valoaga will work out for the Detroit Lions.

Valoaga ("VOL-o-UN-gah") is a converted tight end with nice size at 6-foot-5, 254 pounds. Wherever he ends up, he'll be fighting for a spot on the end of the bench or on the practice squad as a developmental prospect.
Mar 15 - 3:45 PM

UNLV hired Cornell assistant Travis Burkett to serve as RB coach.

This will be Burkett's first job at the FBS level. He had been with Cornell the previous 10 seasons. At UNLV, he replaces DeAndre Smith, who earlier this month opted to join Larry Fedora's staff at North Carolina.
Feb 28 - 12:41 PM

UNLV has awarded HC Tony Sanchez a contract extension through the 2021 season.

Sanchez was initially hired in December of 2014. His contract had previously been set to expire after the 2018 season. This extension is an interesting act of faith by the UNLV athletic department, as Sanchez's teams have yet to put much of anything together on the field. During his first two seasons at the helm, Sanchez's teams have gone a combined 7-17. Prior to joining the Rebels, he had served as the head coach of the highly-esteemed high school program at Bishop Gorman (Nevada).
Jan 27 - 8:05 PM

UNLV redshirt freshman QB Dalton Sneed will transfer.

"Decisions in life aren’t easy," Sneed wrote on Twitter, "and this has been by far one of the hardest ones in my life." He appeared in eight games during the regular season, completing 39-of-88 passes for 632 yards and a 5/2 TD/INT ratio while rushing for 348 yards (6.1 YPC) and a touchdown. Sneed was also used as a receiver late in the season and there had been some talk that he might shift to wideout (or corner) full-time in 2017.
Tue, Dec 13, 2016 05:41:00 PM

UNLV senior Devonte Boyd, the school's leading WR, will miss the remainder of the season due to a broken left foreman.

Through 10 games Boyd posted 45 catches for 746 yards and four touchdowns. This ends his collegiate career. Boyd totaled over 900 receiving yards in each of the last two years. The question now is if he will be healthy enough to participate in the all star process.
Tue, Nov 15, 2016 10:49:00 AM

UNLV senior WR Devonte Boyd hauled in six passes for 83 yards and one touchdown against Hawaii on Saturday.

We thought the Rebels had one of the Group of 5's most underrated receiving trios heading into the fall, but UNLV continues to squander its perimeter talent because it can't find a quarterback. Boyd has only a 26-421-4 line through six games.
Wed, Oct 19, 2016 07:32:00 PM

UNLV junior WR Devonte Boyd posted stellar results in Thursday's 63-13 win over Jackson State, catching four passes for 135 yards and three touchdowns.

Only four catches, but when three of them go for touchdowns, the lack of volume can be forgiven. Boyd hauled in a 56-yard touchdown pass just a minute into the game, then followed that up with a 32-yard score later that quarter. His third touchdown catch went for 30 yards in the second quarter and boosted UNLV to a 42-7 advantage. The 6-foot-1, 175-pounder has surpassed 900 yards receiving each of his first two seasons with the Rebels. Gimme victory against Jackson State out of the way, a road showdown with UCLA shows next on UNLV's schedule.
Fri, Sep 2, 2016 02:15:00 PM

UNLV coach Tony Sanchez says the quarterback competition between juniors Kurt Palandech and Johnny Stanton will extend into the season.

Palandech was starter Blake Decker's backup last year, but he ended up playing about just as much. Stanton is a former four-star Nebraska recruit who played at Saddleback College in California last year. "It’s one of those deals that if you need to let it play itself out and wait, then you wait. You don’t rush the decision, because the decision’s going to have a major impact on the season," said Sanchez. "I’ll be honest with you, as of today, both guys are going to play in Game 1. I think one guy’s going to be named the starter and he’ll start to get the majority of the reps. But you’re going to see whoever the No. 2 is at some point in the first half."
Source: SB Nation
Mon, Aug 29, 2016 05:12:00 PM

UNLV junior WR Kendal Keys will miss the 2016 season after undergoing surgery to repair a lateral meniscus tear in his right knee.

Keys suffered the season-ending blow during practice earlier in the week. Said HC Tony Sanchez, "He’s a great player. You don’t have a lot of big 6-foot-4, 200-pound wide receivers. You miss him. Other guys are going to have to pick up the slack." A year ago, Keys registered 24 catches for 310 yards and a pair of touchdowns. Sophomore wideout Brandon Presley will start in his place. UNLV kicks off against Jackson State on Thursday.
Sun, Aug 28, 2016 01:48:00 PM

UNLV signed three-star 2016 DE Jamal Holloway.

Holloway was committed to Syracuse prior to National Signing Day, but was unable to attain admittance to the school due to one of the testing qualifications. He did eventually receive the necessary score, but that didn't come until the spring. The 6-foot-3, 204-pounder is predictably relieved to simply be starting into the next phase of his life, even if it will be coming in the desert rather than out on the East Coast. Said Holloway, "It’s a wonderful feeling just going through the recruiting process, how stressful it was trying to pick a school. And honestly, I think this is probably the best place for me."
Sun, Aug 14, 2016 06:44:00 PM

UNLV coach Tony Sanchez says freshman WR Darren Woods Jr. "can be as good as anyone in this conference."

Sanchez has been praising Woods since the spring, when he said the freshman had the best workouts of any receiver. To put both sentiments into context, UNLV already boasts one of the nation's best receiving corps with Devonte Boyd and Kendal Keys. The 6-foot, 215-pounder was a three-star recruit.
Thu, Aug 11, 2016 07:15:00 PM

Only two scouts were on hand to witness UNLV S Peni Vea's domination of the program's Pro Day on Thursday.

While a billion scouts (approximate) were present during Ohio State's Pro Day just over a week ago, the Rebels saw just two on Thursday. And boy howdy, those two were treated to a show by Vea. The 6-foot-1, 205-pounder ran 40-yard dashes of 4.40 and 4.48 seconds while registering a vertical jump of 41.5 inches. That vertical number tied the best NFL Scouting Combine jumps from February, as FSU DB Jalen Ramsey and UCLA RB Daniel Lasco both notched that same flight height. He wasn't invited to the Combine proper, nor any post-season contests like the Shrine Game. "I was a little surprised by [those snubs]," Vea said, "but that’s not my decision to make. I’ll prove it in stuff like [Thursday's Pro Day]. I just hope to land somewhere." Last season, he registered 80 tackles (3.0 for loss), a sack, an interception and a forced fumble.
Sat, Mar 19, 2016 06:54:00 PM

UNLV senior QB Blake Decker completed 13-of-19 passes for 176 yards and two touchdowns in Saturday's 49-35 loss to Colorado State.

Decker got his touchdowns out of the way early, hitting Kendal Keys for eight and nine-yard scores in the first quarter. The 6-foot-2, 215-pound senior's completing 58% of his passes for 1,443 yards with a 9/7 TD/INT ratio. While he does have four touchdown passes in his last two games, Decker's has been an otherwise quiet 2015 campaign through 10 contests completed. UNLV is just 3-7 this season.
Sun, Nov 15, 2015 06:29:00 PM

UNLV senior QB Blake Decker (shoulder) is questionable for Saturday's game against Hawaii.

It's his throwing shoulder, so Decker's status is completely up in the air and likely a pain-tolerance issue. Decker has been banged up all year with a variety of maladies. He completed 29-of-50 passes for 357 yards and two interceptions against Boise State last week.
Thu, Nov 5, 2015 04:24:00 PM

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